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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-17-2011)
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Photo of jjanega08
2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

No freshness date on it but I will note that the bottle says blood red ale not english brown...

A= Pours a dark amber to brown color when held to the light it is clearly an amber color with a small head on it that is bright white and holds some retention but not much. The lacing is minimal.

S= Smells like a buiscuty toasty amber. There is actually a little alcohol in the nose despite the low alcohol.

T= The taste is big on the alcohol! What the hell is going on here. It tastes like a shot of vodka. A little buiscuit and toast but a lot of vodka.

M= An ideal amount of carbonation

O= What the hell is going on here. Did they accidentally bottle booze or is this beer. This is the worst tasting beer I've had in a long long time.

jjanega08, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better than regular Newcastle. Not as sweet and cloying. Poured a clear copper color with a reddish tint into a pint glass. Nice size white head, good retention (all the way to the end of the drink) and good lacing. A good looking beer. Aroma is mild maltiness.

Taste is malty, some caramel, some earthy tones and a little floral aspect. Some balancing grassy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, no annoying sweetness or weird aftertastes. Goes down easy, a nice mild malty beer with most of the flavor coming out as the beer warms.

Would be a nice session beer, would like to try it on cask or on tap sometime. A big improvement over the more well known Newcastle.

JayQue, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12-pack of bottles at a local bottle shop, and poured into a tumbler pint. The beer pours a ruby highlighted, copper coloring that is bright and vibrant, with a slow bubbling of carbonation. The head starts out pretty massive, as the beer pours with a ton of foam. An early three inches of foaming, frothy, off-white colored head eventually settles out into a dense, thin film. Good cling along the glass as the beer goes down. Supersweet nose of malt, nut, and plum/raisin. The beer has a smooth, rich flavor profile that comes through initially with hazelnut sweetness and a slight roasted coffee bitter to blend. Dark fruit highlights throughout the brew's flavors, with a wine-like character, as well. The aftertaste is mostly the wine and dark fruit characteristics from the end of the taste spectrum, and the finish is slow to clear, but clears completely. Interesting brew, and not too shabby. I'm not crazy about it, but it's something I would drink again.

GarthDanielson, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery colour with a thin whitish cap, good head retention with a lot of streak lacing. The aroma was your basic English character, malty, caramel, earthy hops. Bitterness was balanced, fruity and malty flavour, slightly nutty and a bit buttery. Medium to light bodied with lowish carbonation, decent texture. Pretty easy drinking and worth a try.

DrJay, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of mralphabet
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a ruby red with a good 2 fingers worth of head. Head settles to a nice ring and layer.. Great lacing from start to finish.

S: OK, there is a lot of stuff here... First thing I smell is grapes, little caramel malt, bread, yeast and a hint of grass. Very sweet smelling.

T: Malt at the start .... mixed in the middle is a mix of grapes, bread, yeast and caramel... bread really comes on strong as it warms up.. Finish has a slight bitterness with a sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium body with a sharp medium high carbonation.

O: Strange brew, not a bad brew just a wild mix of things going on.. Not like most English Brown Ales I've had... Give it a shot, worth looking into for the different mix.

mralphabet, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I must admit I was very disappointed in this beer. I bought a 12 pack and I am stuck with the other 11 bottles. This is the first time Newcastle has disappointed me. The beer pours a dark amber color, has a hint of porter aroma and the taste is of a barreled porter, but not a good one. The beer has minimal foam and lace, and while it is not the worst beer in the world, I will not be buying any more.

ronniebruner, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of khd420
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall an average beer not really what I expected. Not the "blood red" it advertises more of an amber. Tastes alright took a little while to get a real taste of it, a lot of taste comes from after taste more so then initial sips. A little bitter with a sweet element that was undefinable and seemed to change the more I drank almost like a hint of berries when I started and a little more grass the deeper in I went.

I bought it for the novelty of being "werewolf" and would bye it again for the novelty not so much personal consumption.

khd420, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into thin lacing. The aroma is of caramel and toffee, but is quite faint. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little less faint. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. However, it is on the weaker side for the style, and lacks any sort of complexity.

KarlHungus, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of UncleAddie
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber, thin head leaving a little on the outer of a glass
S: Malty, Fruity, Rye, possible hint of lemon
T: Good flavor up front, lingering bite.
M: Smooth with light carbonation.
O: Decent beer. When compared to Newcaste Brown Ale, it does not measure up. Glad I only bought a single. Would recommend it to try at least once.

UncleAddie, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Paincane
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber in color (not blood red as claimed on label) with thin white head leaving little lace.
S: Malt and rye aromas.
T: Malt flavor up front with rye and bitter bite that lingers.
M: Medium bodied with active carbonation.
O: Average beer that simply does not stack up to Newcastle Brown Ale in my opinion. Bought a sixer. Will finish them, but will not seek out again.

Paincane, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a "mix-your-own" six pack.

Pours with a orange-amber body (nowhere near blood red, as the label states!) under a white head that quickly falls to a thin layer on the surface.

The nose is rather faint. I smell hints of generic malt and hops, but it is pretty sad.

The flavor actually surprises me with its complexity; this is a cut above the usual mass-produced lager. A rather generic tasting toasted malt flavor pervades everything about this taste, but additional slightly more roasty flavors come in as well making me think that some slightly more interesting malts were used in the production of this beer. Also some hop bitterness makes an appearance with a slight addition of hop flavor that is drying and pleasant. Reading the label I see this was brewed with rye, which explains the slightly more complex character (as opposed to regular Newcastle).

The mouthfeel is pretty much generic, but with slightly better smoothness than average. Forced carbonation is unremarkable.

Conclusion: This was better than I expected, and way better than the usual mass produced "fall beers" that clutter shelves this time of year.

allforbetterbeer, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip class

Appearance: Coppery red, clear, pours thick white head that slowly fades.

Smell: Malty, sweet, red berries.

Taste: Rye, maltly, somewhat sweet, minimaly bitterness, hints of berries.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer, but not as good as the brown ale. A fun concept, but doesn't live up to the promises on the label.

phichifiji00, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear pour with no visible carbonation, but a huge tan head which leaves very nice lacing on the glass. The beer looks great!

S: I get some notes of honey, grass, caramel, and light seasonal summer fruit. All of these scents are there, however none of them are very potent.

T: Noticeable bitterness, though not front and center. The beer has some alright flavors. Some grassy and herbal notes are prominent on the finish. Nothing much to note about the mid palate or first sip.

M: Somewhat thin on the palate, very water-like. moderate carbonation keeps it somewhat alive whether thats a good or bad thing.

D: Despite it's lack of flavor and aroma, this beer is quite drinkable, though, I expected a lot more from an English Brown Ale.

tlazaroff, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany body with three fingers of rich and frumpy foam with excellent lacing properties. Aromas are toasty but subdued and simplistic. Flavors are sweet up front before big toasty and earthy notes dominate the middle. A tea and toffee like bitterness linger long on the finish. Very tasty.

droomyster, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of armock
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Savemart in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a slightly sweet caramel toffee nose

T - Some caramel malt with a bad grainy malt flavor that just isn't working for me

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

O - This isn't a beer that I'll be buying again good for a tick but bad in the flavor department I think this stuff is worse than the original save your money and get something else

armock, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of tajiandemello
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have always been a fan of Newcastle Brown Ale. It's one of those beers my dad always drank when I was growing up and actually one of the first beers I tried on my own. When I came across Newcastle Werewolf, I HAD to try it. I threw it in my shopping cart and drove home as fast as I could. Unfortunately, the store that I bought it at only had it out as a special, so it wasn't cold. I immediately threw it in my freezer when I got home so that it would get cold ASAP. after about fifteen minutes I couldn't take it anymore. I opened the freezer door and pulled a bottle out. I cracked it open and poured it into a glass. I took one long whiff of the smell and thought to myself, that isn't great, but I bet the beer is. So I poured it into my mouth and let it sit there for a second before swallowing it down and waiting for the aftertaste.

All in all? Meh. I was expecting a lot more, but it could have been a lot less.

tajiandemello, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 55 degrees into a shaker pint.

Pours a pretty deep red-amber with a relatively thin one finger head.

Smells of a slight sweet malt maybe a little bit of caramel? Rally pretty faint.

Taste is only slightly more robust than the smell. Very bubbly. Not exceptionally pleasing.

Overall, pretty but lacking in structure and over-effervescent. I don't really know what this be is trying to accomplish. It feels like a light beer in mouthfeel, but looks like it tries to be an amber. Probably won't be seeing any more of this in the future.


Crossmd, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber-ruby color with a bubbly off white colored head. Medium retention and lacing.

Nose is a little weird with a slightly sweet strawberry-like note and light malt. That's about it.

Flavor isn't terrible but it's a little weird. It's kind of all over the place. It tastes like someone poured a Killians's Irish Red into a glass that had Newcastle in it, and maybe another beer or two as well. A little bitter on the front half and then a little roasted malt and nuttiness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer was just a waste of time for the brewers and the drinkers IMO. No need to try this.

MrVonzipper, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep, ruby-brown body with excellent clarity and a tall, foaming, sand dollar-colored head.

Smell: Nutty, toasty malts with a soured rye accent, followed by berry skins, moistened cardboard, clothes one forgot to remove from the washer and place in the drier. I'm rather stymied here, folks.

Taste: Regular Newcastle with a bit more nutty, toasty, scantly roasty with an oddly harsh astringent quality hitting fairly fast. Curious dried berry taste lurking in there, as are some metallic offerings, some corrugated paper board. Slight bitterness, but then there's that questionable fruitiness, a bit of table sugar on the tongue, then the crackly carbonation comes and rescrambles the mish-mash of dumpy tastes all over the tongue. Ick.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, I wasn't expecting much at all, merely hoping for something drinkable, like the bland standard-issue Newcastle, but this is actually quite unpleasant. I didn't even finish it!

ChainGangGuy, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of GeoJ
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color, 1-finger head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Faint aroma that is puzzling to me ... Malt? Berries? Really not strong enough to put my finger on it.

Taste is a quick malty/citrus jolt that is immediately overpowered by the carbonation. Nice bitterness on the finish, but nowhere near the malty, nutty flavors I would expect from an English Brown Ale.

Waaay too much carbonation, to the point where it feels (and tastes) like seltzer water with a spritz of ale tossed in.
A pretty tasteless and unsatisfying brew.

Does not compare on any level to my favorite Brown Ale by Legend Brewing of Richmond VA.

GeoJ, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper brown with a half inch of foamy head. Smells of faint caramel and hops. Taste is smooth caramel malt and quite nutty. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and medium bodied.

This is soo much better than regular Newcastle. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not sure I'd go back for more.

tdm168, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with a 2 inch puffy light tan head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of a dark bread that is baked with berries in the dough. Taste is of malt, slight berries, and a bitter hop flavor on the finish. The bitterness is fleeting on the tongue. A lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and a slight crispness. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale from the Newcastle brand. I had never seen this one before so I picked up a single to try but I wouldn't get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – red/coppery color, clear, with about a finger and a half’s worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – fairly malty. I can somewhat smell the rye, but I can’t pick out the other smells. But the aroma is fairly nice and floral.

Taste – well-textured taste, and again, the rye taste is noticeable but mostly because it tastes different. There’s a hint of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste, but mostly it’s fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans just a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – very good brew, with an interesting taste and easily acceptable/approachable quality.

Nerudamann, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium copper with a cream-colored skim of a head that does not last. Spotty lacing.

Really needs to have no head to get the aroma. Light sugars, caramel, some earthy notes. Lean here, but sugar dominates.

Slight sweetness leading to a boiled grain sourness and toasted malt. Slight caramel and light bitterness. Earth and slight cocoa touches. Has a bit of spice snap from the rye malt. Astringency cleans the palate too soon and you are left with with nothing but very light malt and bitterness on the palate.

Medium-bodied with alot of pucker. Good tingle on the tongue.

I'm on the fence about this one. Listed as an english brown, but this is clearly more of a rye brew. Dried out, spicy grain, bitter snap. But then they sugared it a bit. Just enough to affect it negatively. What's good works, what doesn't is a huge distraction.

OtherShoe2, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a clear light brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A surprisingly roasty aroma. Lots of toasted malts with a definite nuttiness (though the nuts seem somewhat burnt). Light grass aromas with some hints of toffee. There is a bit of a butter note, however.

T: Caramel, toffee, and lots of roasted malt. It's quite bitter and quite buttery. Lightly fruity (raisins, perhaps) with a definite grass flavor. Really not a good combination on the palate.

M: Very light in body, in fact, watery, with medium carbonation.

O: The nose started off okay, but once the butter crept in, it was all over.

womencantsail, Aug 24, 2011
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.